Post 301: Puppets and Playtime-Passover walnut slice bread; Shoshana’s movement tips for seniors, Jane’s Walk Jerusalem, Sidewalk art, Passover Puppetry, toy sale at 16 Rechove Shmuel Ha Nagis Monday May 8th

I’m guilty of digesting the tasty crumbs of the Passover that are still with us and not being timely. Passover is past, dishes put away. Why mention it here? Passover means cleaning. There’s always food left over like almond tahina, beet horseradish, muffins and faux bread made from potato starch and ground walnuts.

Happy to  move eight bags of clothing that is still usable to the gan across the street. At 16 Rechove Shmuel Ha Nagid, stands a “Reform Temple” , which serves mainly as a gan-including a baby nursery and pre-school.

Last week peeking through my front blinds, I saw a mix of toddlers and three year olds sitting on a blanket on the gan’s “play area”, mostly forlorn without a piece of play equipment. It’s Spring let’s air out the kids. A day later a friend sent me the following notice:

There is next Monday 05/09/2016 16: 00-1800 Sale
The proceeds of which will be to buy games and garden equipment.
Clothes sold in children and adults, books, toys, housewares and anything that no longer serves you and others could use.
Prices between 5-30 shekels.
You are invited to arrange and sort and bring what you have collected during the week.
The market is a great opportunity for those who are not familiar with the park to meet and get to know the community garden.
It is possible and desirable to invite friends / neighbors / family !!! Getting the bags to the gan was not easy. In fact, the gannenet, Rachel, agreed with me tha it was “Chaval” that here were no toys in the fron area. (The back space is full of equipment, I guess for the older kids.)

Interesting, that a school boasting such an enriched Jewish content would not develop a school from the crop of pre-schoolers, as Chabad would do. Apparently, parents are content with the state schools.


Within the Jerusalem of Passover is the Puppetry season, The Sidewalk Art Happening and Simptaot Magazine Cultural Magazine of Nahlaot neighborhood, Jerusalem.

This week was the sixth time that Jane’s Walk events are took place in Israel, with the domestic 16-town spread taking in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Beersheba, Bet Shemesh, Dimona and Haifa. The lineup for the capital features the On the Spectrum tour led by members of the Prizma Ensemble wearing colorful, faceless bodysuits. Part of the thinking behind the initiative is that divesting oneself of identity can facilitate interaction with others. Sorry that I missed this. More events like Yoga for 10 sheckels on Friday  morning are listed on the calendar in

‎Jane's Walk Jerusalem הליכות ג'יין ירושלים‎'s photo.
Didn’t site them in my neighborhood. They probably roamed around Meah Shearim. Our Mayor, Nir Birkat is so enamored of the costumed walkers that his photo with them is on the Prisma face-book page. He didn’t attend the rally last week protesting poor security in the Machanah Yehudah Matrket.

Other intriguing Jerusalem Jane’s Walk slots included City Story, which  examined life in downtown Jerusalem through urban art, a tour of the Arab history of the Katamon neighborhood during the Mandate Era, and the Jerusalem and the Christian World tour on the Mount of Olives.



Simptaot Magazine (above) is put together with support from UJA Federation, New York. They publish a monthly guide to local events including a map of the area covered (nachlaot, Mircaz Ha’Ir and oarts of Shaare Chesed), listing women’s businesses smack in the middle of the magazine. Some of the listings are: Alternative medicine, Nails , Babysitters, Gans, Yoga Studios, and Graphic Artists. Good place to post your business FREE. Contact to the publisher: Dalit Peri



You can imagine why these local streets create a haven for me. These are a few photos of gardens part of Ganei Rehavia.

IMG_20160424_111215Jerusalem has a puppetry season. It begins at about Purim time.  Puppets were on display a few posts ago. shows the Purim Spiel in Machana Yehuda. I think this topped the flash mob on the same day. I wonder if there is a central board organizing the theatrical evens in the street.

Hard to find a space to walk between the harpsichordists, jugglers, yoga classes,dozens of life size puppets and street murals. Yonaton Gal’s are below.









Shoshana’s Movement tips for Seniors;

Now that the world has made exercise mandatory in order to stay young, healthy, and independent and out of pain, just how much exercise is right for you. How do you figure out how much you should do, how fast you should increase and exactly which exercises does your specific body need?

There are four main areas of exercise that need to be addressed; balance, strength, flexibility, and endurance. Each area can be beneficial if done correctly or can cause lasting problems if overdone. Since it is impossible to figure out what works for each individual person it is better to set some guidelines as to determine what is not right for you, at your stage in life and your lifestyle. One sure sign is if you feel exhausted instead of energized after exercise, if your legs feel “heavy” or you feel regularly sore for days at a time, you are overdoing it. If you have not exercised before or are recovering from surgery or hospitalization you need to gradually start an exercise program. During the next 4 blogs I will take each of the areas of exercise and discuss how to tell if you are overdoing, simple exercise to start off and how to do them correctly. Go to my website for some sample exercises.

Remember – moderation is the key word for exercise as well as most things in


Shoshana Shinnar is certified as a personal trainer with a specialty in arthritis and the elderly. She is also

an active registered dietitian in America. Her website is http://www.ow-to- and her email is

This lovely Bubby hugged me when I revealed that I became a Savta Rabah a great grandmother.

This recipe creates a flavorful dairy dough that’s easy to work with. The thinner you roll it, the crispier your pizza will be!

Yes a Passover recipe for all year round because the potato starch appears to have a positive effect of lowering blood sugar levels in diabetics.





  • 2 cups all-purpose cake meal / flour

  • 3/4 cup potato flour

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) baking soda

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 1/2 cup California walnuts/finely chopped

  • 3/4 cup water, warm/

  • 1 egg beaten


  1. Combine flours, baking powders, sugar, salt and walnuts in food processor. Whirl until walnuts are finely chopped. With motor running, gradually add 3/4 cup warm tap water and egg.. Process until dough forms a ball and comes away from sides of processor. Dough should be soft and moist. Let rest 15 minutes. I used only the beater blade from the Kitchenaide. It made 4 balls the size of a grapefruit and I refrigerated them Each ball made two round pizzas. Since the grain was shmurah matzah, these pizzas were very dark and toasty. Preheat gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. Divide dough in half. With lightly oiled hands, pat and stretch dough into two 9 to 10-inch circles. I was not able to do this but rolled the dough between two baking sheets. The edges of the circle started to crumble, at which time I added more lukewarm water and 32%cream (spoon-full).

  2. Foreman grill is covered with aluminum foil and raised to form a frying pan. You can also use a sandwich maker.Coat one side of dough generously with oil; place oiled side down onto grill. Oil top and close grill lid and grill 3-4 minutes until top is puffed and bottom is well-browned. Remove and place grilled side up on a baking sheet. Top with desired toppings (tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese), return to grill, cover and cook 5-6 minutes until bottom side is well-browned and cheeses are melted.

PASSOVER WALNUT CAKE, cut the sugar by 1/3

9 eggs
1/3 cup sugar or less
1/3 c. wine/apple compote/steamed pumpkin
1 c. potato starch plus 1/3 choc mix box from T’amin
1 1/2 c. chopped nuts
(Chop fine, do not grind)

1 cup shredded pumpkin

Cream egg yolks and sugar well, and 1/2 cup of potato starch; fold alternately rest of potato starch and walnuts; fold in wine, and lastly, white of eggs, beaten stiff.

Bake in 9 inch springform, lining bottom of pan (only) with brown paper, at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Leave cake in pan until cool.


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